You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source, of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.
18 For [gar] ye are [proserchomai] not [ou] come [proserchomai] unto the mount [oros] that
might be touched [pselaphao], and [kai] that burned [kaio] with
fire [pur], nor [kai] unto blackness [gnophos],
and [kai] darkness [skotos], and [kai] tempest [thuella],
19 And [kai] the sound [echos] of a trumpet [salpigx], and
[kai] the voice [phone] of words [rhema]; which [hos] voice they that heard [akouo] intreated [paraiteomai] that the word [logos] should [prostithemi] not [me] be spoken [prostithemi] to
them [autos] any more [me]: KJV-Interlinear
18 For you
have not come to a mountain that may be touched and to a blazing fire, and to
darkness and gloom and whirlwind, 19
and to the blast of a trumpet and the sound of words which sound was such that
those who heard begged that no further word should be spoken to them. NASB
negative attitudes and such can certainly keep a person from Christ, but also,
criticism, ridicule, ostracism, and such can keep a person from pursuing their
spiritual life in Christ, too. Fear is
typically the ingredient that brings out this last set of barriers (criticism,
ridicule, ostracism, etc.). The fear of
what people or society can do to you.
Most people have heard of
the two mountains, Sinai and Zion,
but most people have never understood what they represented. Mt. Sinai is always related to Moses and the ten
commandments, and Mt.
Zion is generally tagged
with a Jewish connotation of some kind, and both concepts really miss the mark
by a long way.
These are the two mountains
in scripture. The first, Mt.
Sinai, should be
associated with the law, or the old covenant, and a with the terrible fear of
judgment from God. The second, mount
Zion, should be associated
as the new covenant and the work of Christ on the Cross.
The law, sometimes referred
to as the Mosaic law or the Levitical law, speaks to the moral corruption,
degradation, or what is generally referred to as the depravity of man. Anyone
who pursues their salvation or a relationship with God by means of the law
(works) is in fact pursuing certain failure and Gods judgment.
Anyone who pursues
salvation or a relationship with God through the work of Christ (faith), which
is a reference to Mt.
Zion, is in fact pursuing
certain success and phenomenal blessings from God.
Mt. Sinai refers to works and mans attempts to approach
God through mans own effort, while Mt. Zion
refers to grace and mans approach to God through Christ by faith, and mans
advance to spiritual maturity through doctrine.
Mt. Sinai is associated with the old covenant and the intense
fear that should be and is, associated with Gods certain judgment. Mt.
Zion is associated with
the new covenant of Christ, and certain success and happiness
Anyone who attempted to
approach, to touch, or to climb Mt.
Sinai, would be met with
certain an instantaneous death. This is
the result of every human effort to approach God apart from Gods will. So, every religion, every philosophy, every
belief that excludes the principles taught in the scriptures, is in effect
nothing more than an attempt to climb Mt. Sinai.
By approaching God through
Christ, and by approaching ones spiritual life through doctrine, then you are
not approaching a mountain of fire, darkness, and gloom. By approaching God through faith, you are not
approaching God through the energy of your own works, but are climbing Mt. Zion
(doctrine) through faith based on the work of Christ.
When Christ went to the
cross, He was judged for the sins of the entire human race, both believer and
unbeliever alike. When the final judgment day comes, unbelievers will not be
judged based on their sins, but rather they will be judged on the basis of
their works, because their works are insufficient to get them into heaven. Since
they have rejected Christ s works, then all they have to rely on is their own
effort. And mans own effort is not enough to save him.
31 It is a terrifying thing
to fall into the hands of the living God. NASB
12 And I saw the dead, the
great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened; and
another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged
from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds. NASB
13 And the sea gave up the
dead which were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead which were in them;
and they were judged, every one of them according to their deeds. 14 And death
and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake
of fire. 15 And if anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he
was thrown into the lake of fire. NASB
God gave the Israelites a
powerful demonstration of lightning and thunder, and fire, and sound which
literally terrified them to such a point that they pleaded with Moses to have
it all stopped. Even Moses as great as he was, stated that he himself was
extremely terrified by Gods demonstration.
Such is the nature of Gods
message to us. We either get with a program of a daily Bible study and realize
the tremendous things that are a stake for our future, or we ignore it all and
face the loss of a tremendous future.
Do not be fooled by Hollywood movies, or politics, or contemporary beliefs.
Life is not going to continue endlessly such that man will one day rule the
stars and galaxies. One day history is going to end. And that day is probably
closer than we all realize. It could be within hours, or even decades away. But
regardless of when history will end according to Gods schedule, it will end.
And there s nothing that any of us can do about it.
The fear principle taught
in the old testament was intended to keep people on the straight and narrow so
that they will succeed in life and not lose out because of sin or negative
attitudes. That principle still holds.
The faith principle which
we have been studying recently serves to reinforce the fear principle. Demonstrating that what the scriptures have
to offer is infinitely superior, and more valuable, than anything and
everything that this world has to offer.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.